In the three-hander, Richard Dreyfuss is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ben Kritzer, who finds himself hauled in front of a Supreme Court Special Prosecutor where he faces the dilemma of defending his belief in the freedom of the press or protecting his family.
Dreyfuss is joined in the cast by David Suchet and Elizabeth McGovern. Complicit retains the Old Vic’s in-the-round configuration created last autumn for The Norman Conquests and is designed by Whatsonstage.com Award nominee Rob Howell.
A raft of two star ratings adorned this morning's papers and websites as critics complied to condemn the show variously as “a plodder”, “ill-timed”, “pedestrian” and “boring”. It wasn't all bad news – David Suchet emerged with plaudits as Kritzer's “slippery counsel” as did designer Rob Howell, continuing his good work in the reconfigured Old Vic 'CQS' space. The real talking point of the night however was the issue of Richard Drefuss' earpiece (an Old Vic representative wouldn't deny he was receiving prompts), which distracted from some otherwise complimentary assessments of his "assured, fluent" performance.
- by Theo Bosanquet